Silvio Berlusconi insists Milan will not consider sacking Clarence Seedorf, despite the poor start the Dutchman has had to his managerial career.
When Massimiliano Allegri was sacked back in January, the Rossoneri put their faith in their former midfield player despite him never managing before. And at the moment, the jury is well and truly out on this decision, as the Dutchman’s record currently shows he has won just four of his 12 games in charge, with seven defeats to his name.
A run of three successive losses in Serie A, the last of which was a surprise 4-2 home reverse to Parma, has left Milan in 11th place in the standing, a staggering 40 points behind leaders Juventus and some 23 behind Napoli who currently occupy the last qualifying place for the UEFA Champions League, a competition the San Siro side recently crashed out of at the last-16 stage when Atletico Madrid beat them 5-1 over two legs.
This has naturally led to speculation over the immediate future of Seedorf, despite the limited time he has spent in the dugout. However, when asked if there was a possibility of the 37-year-old being shown the door anytime soon, club president Berlusconi told ASNA: “Seedorf is not up for discussion; he will remain our coach even next year.”
Club legend Paolo Maldini, meanwhile, has pulled no punches in his assessment of his former employer’s plight. Talking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 45-year-old, who spent 24 years at Milan, claims all the hard work of the past decade has been undone in recent times, and has bemoaned the lack of a clear project to work towards.
“Inside of me there’s a mixture of anger and disappointment,” he said. “Not so much because of the results but because I get the impression they’re throwing away what was built with hard work over the last 10 years. I know how much work there was behind all those glories, to build such a beautiful story. It makes me crazy to see everything destroyed. They cannot compete with Juventus. There isn’t a project.”